How did we cut crime in parts of Canterbury by over 90%?
Or reduce some offences in Maidstone town by 40%?
Let me introduce to you the Problem Solving Taskforce, who are #MakingKentSafer.
The Chief Constable and I shared a desire for a proactive team to prevent crime and take a different approach to hotspot areas.
Using your council tax, new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) were put into a team of 24.
The team uses the OSARA principles – objective, scanning, analysis, response and assessment.
The model assumes that by identifying and understanding the root causes of a problem or conditions that enable it to persist, the solution developed to tackle it will be effective.
Once areas have been identified, they work with our local Community Safety Unit officers and partners to take enforcement action and make environmental improvements.
They also provide visible policing in areas where long term embedded problems have persisted.
1. 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗱𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗻
Local residents raised concerns about parts of Maidstone town centre and nearby parks. The team achieved:
• 33% ⬇️ in sexual offences
• 50% ⬇️ in calls to Brenchley House
• 40% ⬇️ in reported crime in Brenchley Gardens
• 75% ⬇️ in reported crime at Maidstone Rail Station
2. 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗽𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗯𝘂𝗿𝘆
• 84% ⬇️ in St Stephens Ward
• 89% ⬇️ in offences reported on the Uni Campuses
• 93% ⬇️ in crime in Wincheap
• 92% ⬇️ in crime in Sturry Road Ward
• 77% ⬇️ in Assaults
• 86% ⬇️ in Drug calls
3. 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝗹
Resident Perception Survey responses clearly indicate that increased presence in the area gave residents more confidence to report incidents.
Over time, the team achieved a ⬇️ of 26% in demand.
This team is available to deploy across the whole county and has achieved great things since it’s launch in February 2021.
Here’s to its continued success!
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